TRACK & FIELD—When Kansas' KARL SALB broke the meet's university-college division shotput mark on Friday, it appeared he might finally be ready to challenge world-record holder RANDY MATSON in the Kansas Relays' open event. But Salb's 66'3" effort was not enough as Matson tossed 67'9�", his best throw of the year. Another veteran, JOHN CARLOS, also upheld his ranking with a 9.3 victory in the 100-yard dash. Russ Hodge, former American record holder in the decathlon, did not fare so well. While JEFF BENNETT, a 5'8", 145-pound senior from Oklahoma Christian College, was streaking to a meet record of 7,704 points, Hodge dropped out of the last event. Kansas and Abilene Christian led the relay field with two victories apiece on the Jayhawks' new Tartan surface and a sideline photographer created some news, too. JIM RYUN, shooting JOHN MASON's 4:00.9 victory in the Glenn Cunningham Mile, announced he would probably resume his track career with the 1971 season. At the 28th Ohio Relays, meet records fell in 13 of 27 events. Mike Goodrich paced Indiana to two relay standards—40.8 in the 440 and 3:21.5 in the sprint medley.
WRESTLING—It was sweet retribution for DAN GABLE at the National AAU freestyle championships in Lincoln, Neb. While Larry Owings, the fellow who snapped Gable's 181-win string at the NCAA meet, lost in the first round, Gable coolly took the 149.5-pound title and earned the meet's outstanding wrestler honor. The New York Athletic Club won the team championship with 51 points.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As coach of the NHL Detroit Red Wings, NED HARKNESS, 48, succeeding Sid Abel. Harkness, whose Cornell University team went 29-0 and claimed the NCAA championship this season, had a collegiate record of 350-117-9, including three national titles, in 20 seasons. He became the first college coach to leap directly to the NHL. Succeeding Harkness at Cornell is RICHARD BERTRAND, 28, a tri-captain of this year's squad.
NAMED: Full-time coach with a multiyear contract, AL ATTLES, San Francisco Warrior guard who coached the last 30 games for the NBA team after George Lee was fired. Unless injuries force him back into uniform, Attles said he would retire as a player.
ELEVATED: To the head basketball post at the University of Iowa, DICK SCHULTZ, Ralph Miller's assistant the last six years and varsity baseball coach since 1963.
DIED: ROGER HAGBERG, 31, of injuries suffered in a California hit-and-run accident, Hagberg, a former Minnesota star, was a reserve fullback for the Oakland Raiders the last five seasons and was considered one of the best blocking backs in the AFL.
DIED: DICK BROWN, 35, a veteran of nine years as a major league catcher, of a malignant brain tumor. Brown, who retired with a .244 lifetime average and a reputation as a top defensive catcher, was first stricken during the Baltimore Orioles 1966 spring training session.
DIED: JAMES ANTHONY (Ripper) COLLINS, 65, first baseman for the famed St. Louis Cardinals' Gas House Gang from 1931-36, in New Haven, N.Y. He had a lifetime batting average of .296 and played in 1,084 games.
DIED: RICHARD O. (Pappy) PAPENGUTH, 67, swimming coach at Purdue University for the last 31 years and coach of the 1952 U.S. Women's Olympic team, in an auto accident while turning into his driveway.